NZ Certificate in Ngā Toi: Ka Tipu te Whaihanga

Study Options



1 year


Level 4

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If you want to grow your art knowledge, and artistic ability while gaining these skills in a creative environment, this is for you! You will be taught by some of the Māori art world’s most respected tutors across a range of art disciplines.

Successfully completing this one year, full-time programme will give you the option to pursue Te Toi o Ngā Rangi: Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts [Level 7].

Study Pathways

Successful completion of the Certificate in Māori Visual Arts (Foundation) [Level 4] gives students the eligibility to enter the first year of the degree programme, Te Toi o Ngā Rangi, Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts [Level 7].


Starts February


Toihoukura! Toihouora e! – Toihoukura – Enriching lives!

This programme gives students the opportunity to work with a wide range of art medium. Course delivery will appeal to anyone who wants to focus primarily on making art.

Successful completion of Ka Tipu te Whaihanga gives students the eligibility to enter the first year of the degree programme, Te Toi o Ngā Rangi, Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts [Level 7].

Certificate graduates will have the skills and knowledge to be able to:

  1. Produce Māori art works informed by an understanding of design and concepts informed by traditional narratives (mōteatea, waiata and kapahaka) and te reo Māori me ona tikanga;
  2. Create Māori artworks using safe and effective processes;
  3. Have a sound academic base to enable them to proceed to degree level study.



All students must attend an interview with the Principal Tutor(s). A basic art portfolio with drawings or samples is essential.


  • Applicants will require a minimum of 10 credits NCEA Level 1 from any Literacy sub field or domain. These skills can be assessed in English and Te Reo Māori. For applicants without these NCEA credits or equivalent: a pass in School Certificate English and/or Te Reo Māori meets the academic entry requirements, as do NQF qualifications of an equivalent or higher level which demonstrate achievement in these discipline areas.
  • Students over 20 are classified as mature students. Mature students with life skills and/or work experience who do not meet the stated entry requirements but have the equivalent ability and experience are encouraged to apply.

English Language Entry Requirement

Students are required to have attained an acceptable level of English language fluency. This may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including successful study in English or an IELTS score of 5.5 or above in all bands, completion of accepted international equivalents, or completion of an EIT assessment.